The Palo Alto downtown merchants, the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association and the City of Palo Alto invite residents to discover downtown anew during the Meet the Street event on Thursday, October 8 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participants can shop, dine, stroll and enjoy music, art, and lights on Emerson, Ramona and Bryant Streets. Ramona and Bryant Streets from University to Hamilton and Emerson from University to Forest Avenues will be open to pedestrian traffic only.
"The Meet the Street event highlights our merchants and encourages us all to rediscover what downtown has to offer," said Palo Alto Mayor Karen Holman. “This event is by, for and about the merchants off University Avenue. There is something for everyone, so come show support for our merchants and enjoy a night of music, food, and fun.”
There will be plenty of places to dine. Bon Vivant and Bistro Maxine will offer an outdoor dining experience, with Zola's, Lure + Till, The Chocolate Garage, Pizzeria Delfina, Nola's and The Wine Room offering tastings. Attendees can enjoy a mocktail at Lure + Till while they learn to prepare a meal from Chef Patrick Kelly's cooking demonstration. At Timothy Adams, chocolatier Timothy Woods will demonstrate how he creates his hand-made bonbons.
Bryant Street will be transformed into a fashion runway featuring apparel from participating boutiques including Phyllis, Leaf & Petal, Cassis and Susan Graf Ltd., as well as jewelry from de novo Jewelers and Mansoor & Gore.
There will also be celebrations. The Cardinal Hotel marks its 90th anniversary with a 20's themed evening and Bell's Books its 80th anniversary with music, calligraphy, antique printing presses and a book signing. The Palo Alto Players will take the Bryant Street stage to celebrate their 85th anniversary with music from Chicago.
Residents will have the opportunity to meet the Mobile Arts Platform artists and learn about the future of art in Palo Alto. They can make their own 3D art or become part of the evening’s entertainment by playing an outdoor piano.
Visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/MeetTheStreet for more information about this event.